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Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 specifications

MSRP$799.99/£799 with 18-55mm STM
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
  • RAW: 14bit RAW
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Manual focusYes
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)
  • No Flash
  • Creative Auto
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Kids
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.40 m
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPS notesvia GPE2
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I had the 100D for about 6 months. It's a great travel camera, as well as a backup due to its light weight,rugged build, quiet shutter and small size. However, I found the hand grip to be too shallow. When using with the kit or light lenses, it's easy to accidentally shake the camera when snapping the shutter. With heavier lenses, the weight balancing is off, and the camera becomes front heavy.

As much as I liked the 100D, I ultimately sold it off and got a Sony A6000 instead. It's smaller, but has a deeper hand grip and can go with 3 lenses in one tiny bag,s so it's more portable without sacrificing image quality. The 100D is small, but Canon lenses generally aren't.

I still kept a Canon 650D (then upgraded to the 70D). I do miss the 100D at times though. I hope if a successor is underway, they learn from the 70D's excellent design. Despite being much bigger and heavier, it's very well balanced even with heavy lenses, and doesn't need a battery grip when shooting extended periods.


Can the 100D take Sigma DC lenses?


Yes. I paired it with my 17-50 f2.8 before, but the weight balancing was terrible.


I am seriously looking at upgrading from my 400D to a 100D.
An important consideration for me is the ability to focus well in low light condition.
I understand 6D is the best for low light focusing but am not ready to upgrade to full frame yet as it would mean further investment on lenses.
Can someone tell me if the low light focusing for 100D is much better than the 400D?


I don't have a direct comparison, but I owned the 100D briefly for about 6 months before selling it off, and have used it to shoot stage performances. It's definitely pretty good for low light, so long as you use the center point.


Que pena que fotógrafos profesionales no puedan sacar partido a una cámara como la 100d. A mí ya me pasó, si crees que tomar fotos es solo cuestión de disparar y disparar estás muy lejos de entender lo que es fotografía. creo que las prestaciones de la Canon eos 100d son de las más interesantes. puedes hacer fotos excelentes. si no te salen saturadas, utiliza las opciones de tono, saturación, combinación de imágenes, como hdr. yo no me quejo. He tenido excelentes resultados. el secreto está en saber configurar tu cámara, de otra manera no te sirve para nada. Suerte.


I bought it a year ago with a 40mm 2.8 and a Sigma macrozoom 17-70 as I have been travelling a lot and I wanted light gear. With the 40mm is a dream to use for people in the run like me, its small, extremely light for an SLR and auto focusing very sharp and quick. Its as relyable as any other pro Canon SLR (I have also a FF 6D) I would recomend it to any travelling enthusiast or beginner.

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I bought this camera 3 weeks ago. I just downloaded my last 3 weeks of shooting, 2400 images, and nothing was sharp. I have been a Canon user professionally for years and I have never seen such poor images produced from a camera; the images at times look like the old 110mm camera images. Even in bright sun, high shutter speed and f stop, at wide angle the images are soft. I bought this as a "fun" camera, the size seemed right, it is an absolute disaster. Right now I feel ill for all the images lost. They are soft, the color is desaturated, the exposure is all over the place. If a camera cannot shoot a sharp image in wide angle at infinity there is a serious problem. I am going to try to return the camera as it is completely not useable. Perhaps I got the "lemon" but the images it produced are just gut-wrenchingly bad.


I experienced the same feeling as you. The images do not seem accurate. However, the dpreview test bench shows that the picture quality compares well with other cameras. If the SL1 is not accurate, none are!

My question for you is, Do you have found the answer to this riddle? Does your opignon has evolved since then?

Best Regards

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hmmm...(scratching head). You didn't test the camera out before shooting 2400 images? You just kept firing away without even checking the image output quality and that the camera/lens was functioning properly? You shot 3 weeks of travel photos without throwing the images onto a laptop or ipad and checking to make sure you were "getting the shot"?

I guess I'm just having a hard time figuring this out especially in light of this comment: " Canon user professionally for years".

On top of that, myself and hundreds of other SL1 users who participate in online photo forums have none of these complaints-UNLESS they have received a defective camera or lens.

I know this is four months late but I'm posting this to balance these comments out for anyone who happens to read the above "review".

Bottom line-assuming you are using a properly functioning unit it's hard to beat the SL1 for it's "bang for the buck" factor.


Hi Pender, now that you have had the SL1 for awhile would you tell me what went wrong the 2400 shots out of focus.
I recently bought an SL1 and having problems with focus at times bang on and then many out of focus can't figure it out.
I'm not new at this.


Sammy, I'm not Pender but...

Try this-single CENTER focus point. Single shot AF.

That's the setting the SL1 likes best. Although you can use AI Servo (I've shot indoor soccer with no problem and a very decent hit rate using the center focus point). This is a very basic AF system-not a 70D or a 7D...

If you use the "other" focus points you lose the cross-type sensors...

Give the above a try and see if it helps.

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First let me thank you for replying on behalf of Pender.
On the camera I set up for AF operation One shot however if I shoot A1 I go to A1 FOCUS..have I got this right?
How about metering mode I had it on Evaluative metering is that OK?
I took a number of shots although they varied in sharpness the better ones were shot on A1 Focus and on Manual Focus.


Hi Sammy. Best advice I can give is to forget your camera even has an "AI Focus" setting. Stick to either ONE SHOT or AI SERVO. Use ONE SHOT for still subjects and AI SERVO for moving subjects.

Center focus point is most accurate, but others will work-but try to stick to center focus point for moving subjects.

Evaluative metering will be "fine" but may not not be the BEST in every situation. If you are learning practice using all the metering modes until you have a handle on what results they will get you.

Also-if you want to make sure your camera or lens is functioning properly, a quick test would be to use the "mode" settings (portrait, landscape, sports, etc.) and shoot some simple well-lit subjects. Then check your results. Any glaring issues under these circumstances would be one indicator that you have a camera or lens issue because it will rule out photographer error.


Hi Mongrel, many thanks again for your help, I will try all of your suggestions. Have a look at some of the better shots so far. If I could duplicate these each time I shoot I would be pleased with the SL1


Hey're welcome.

I'll shoot you a private message...


Hi Mongrel...waiting for your private message


Hi Hank, I've sent you two PMs through DPReview. You must not be getting them?

I'll try your email addy above...


sorry...double post...

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Hi Tony,
I have now arrived at the next step, just downloaded my first raw shots from the camera and made the corrections, now I will go from there.
Without your help and encouragement I would never have gotten started let alone getting this far.
Thank you again and may you also have a wonderful Easter.

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dog house riley

I've had my SL1 just a couple weeks, and I'm having a ball with it! I have four lenses 40 pancake, new 10 18 and kit lenses 18 55 and 55 250.
I've been a Nikon user for over 25 years, and decided its time for something lightweight? After looking at many types and brands, I decided on the SL1, I'm still sorting out the menu system and getting used to the touch screen, but since buying this camera my Nikons have stayed in their bags??
I'm not a video fan so no matter, and its useful up to ISO3200 with no complaints, now thats looking on monitor I don't print, but I'm starting to ues the Rebel, for all my photo uses, and so lightweight, Canon! where have you been for so long!!

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I just bought this camera, but somethings wrong. I can't record video in 1280x720 and 1920x1080 size for a long duration, just 10 seconds what the?? Only 640x480 size can record for 30 minutes. Why? I just see all the setting nothing to change it.


You have to use a SD card with a faster write speed.
HD video requires that. Camera has a buffer and will stop once it is full. check here for card read/write speeds


ISO 100 good picture
ISO 400 starting to get grain but acceptable
ISO 800 too much grain, need photoshop to smooth out
ISO 1600 picture too grainy to look at, do not use anything near 1600
and it goes up to 25600, that's a joke...


My son would like to purchase his first SLR camera. He is considering either the Canon EOS Rebel T3 or the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. He will be using this primarily for family, travel and sporting pictures. Do you have a recommendation of one of these vs the other. What would be the preference, please. and why.
Thank you,


My wife and I just bought the SL1 and love it. It is also our first SLR and I have no complaints whatsoever. It takes wonderful photos and is small enough to tote around when traveling. Our primary uses are travel and family pictures. We have two small children who never stop moving and which makes it hard to get clear photos. So far, we have accumulated lots "frame-worthy" photos using the SL1. We made sure to buy a couple of lenses though as the standard kit lens is good but not a catch all. We bought the 40mm f/1.8 II lens for portraits and the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto lens as well. We are very happy with the purchase and the results. My brother-in-law and close friend are professional photographers, then both highly recommended the camera as a first SLR. It has some creative features and is very easy to learn how to use. I may not be the greatest resource as a first time SLR owner, but I've had a great time with this camera and have not been able to put it down.


Hi jrball125
My SL1 came with the kit lens EFS 18-55 perhaps that's why I'm having problems, maybe this lens is not so hot. Even when I set it for A+ the shots are not sharpest. Any ideas.


So were the 'User Experience Still Photography' and 'Live View and Movie' pages removed after this review was written? Or were they never added? Clicking the links takes you to the menu pages, and the drop down navigation does not show these pages, either.


I have a canon EOS rebel SL1 and I have a photoshop cs5. Whenever I try to open RAW File it says its not compatible and its really annoying because cs5 is not even that old. I wonder if there's any way for me to be able to open the RAW file in the version of the photoshop I have.



You could try downloading this plug in, (this is a link for a mac but you can find/choose pc if you need to.
good luck


I just bought one because I want something a lot smaller than my 5Dlll to take to theme parks with my grandchildren or anytime I want less weight. I wanted a DSLR, since that is what I am used to. It certainly isn't a 5Dlll, but it is a very capable little camera. It is so light & small that it will be no problem when I want to travel light.

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Canon was able to make to body smaller but the lens is actually bigger, on the other side probably the greatest competitor Nikon D3300 is slightly bigger but still slightly smaller than Canon 700D and the new Nikon kit lens is collapsible, Nikon claims, the new D3300 is 30% smaller and 25% lighter body and lens combination compared with the D3200, so I assume the kit lens combo is smaller than Canon 100D....

side by side:


It's annoying how cameras and cars are often lacking a price tag ("too low to display"). Yes, I realize the manufacturer is causing this. So annoying. Some sites have you sign in and put it in your cart before knowing the price. This is a ridiculous practice that needs to end yesterday.


I hope you can assist, as I am having difficulty finding this information elsewhere. I am looking at purchasing a non-canon flash for my rebel sl1/100D, as the canon flashes are rather pricey for my budget. I see that you state the internal flash does not accommodate a wireless flash, yet canon makes one for this camera. I am looking at a Yongnuo YN-560 III Wireless Flash Speedlite on Ebay.

Thank you,

Bill Bentley

Hi Diane. The reviewer was referring to the ability to trigger "off camera" speedlights using the built-in flash (wireless) not that wireless flash units themselves wouldn't work with the camera. The Yongnuo flash you are looking at will work with this camera. I would encourage you to investigate working with the flash OFF the camera as much as possible though. I have the Yongnuo RF-603 C1 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger/Wireless Shutter Release Transceiver Kit for Canon Rebel for this purpose. You can get it for about $30 on Amazon or eBay. It has worked great for me so far (1 year).


My Q is simple: Doe's the SL1 is compatible with the Canon EF 28-135mmf/3.5-5.6 IS USM lense ? Most times I need a swift focus, less on the video's. Wonder if it would be comfortable to handle with this lense?
Thanks in advance.

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Just Ed

I picked one up for general carry around use. Some of my photography is done outdoors in areas of Sacramento where carrying my three thousand dollar ff makes me nervous.

The SL1 looks less intimidating to people on the street and hopefully is less attractive to would be thugs.

Haven't had it long, but no major disappointments yet.


Does the SL1 use the non-STM line of Canon APS-C lenses? I shoot with a 7D and have several very expensive Canon "L" USM lenses, and I'm not going to buy a Canon camera that requires I buy another set of glass.


The SL1 is compatible with an EF (which includes "L" lenses) and EF-S lenses.

Thus, unless you have some very old lenses (30+ years or more), the SL1 can use it.

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Phoebe Lee

I think this camera is compatiblw with Canon RS-60E3 remote switch, but not so sure.

Phoebe Lee

Does this camera compatiblw with a wired remote switch´╝č


Yes, it's RS-60E3 compatible

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Shelle belle

Hi, I just borrowed mt friends' sl1, but I can't open the raw files in my version of dpp, which came with my old 1000d. It also won't open in photoshop. So annoying. She said it didn't come with any editing software. Is that right? Which version of dpp do I need?

Rob Bernhard

Just get the latest version from Canon's website and install. You'll have no problem with any previous RAW files.


Solid review. Should I go for this over the T3i? I've been seriously considering that camera based off some things I read on
Which camera is better?

DPReview Staff

I own a T3i, and I like the SL1/100D a little better, primarily for the Hybrid AF II, the quieter shutter sound, and the extreme portability, especially with the 40mm STM lens. You'll probably be happy with either, though.


should i care whether its a Rebel sl1 or a 100D? i mean in terms of what is written in front of the camera? or i just skip the fact and get a rebel sl1?


Yes. If you live in the UK and purchase a "Rebel SL1" (the American version) then you won't be entitled to cash back. I think it also has implications on the warranty/repairs. If you live in the UK then buying the UK version (100D) is your best bet.


Check out ebay deals, you get one with a lens too :)

X Faktor Photo

get a body for <$500 on eBay nowadays.


Im Looking Between The SL1 &The T3i When It Comes To Movie Making ... The T3i Seems To Lag A Bit When Panning And The SL1 Creates A Littlebit Of Moire...


This looks like a great camera but I have Canon EOS Rebel T31 and absolutely love it. Alright, call me old fashion or old school but all those attachments associated with digital cameras scare me to death so a neighbor recommended the Canon EOS Rebel T3i as a good choice for a beginner photographer like me. There are so many brands and types of digital cameras in the market today that it is stressful for me to even think about buying one.
I did buy the Canon EOS Rebel T3i but not without a lot of stress.


Soo Tell Me W/ The T3i., Did You Experience Alot Of The Lagging IN The Video Recording As Stated In The Review!? How Is Video Recording Overall W/ Your T3i... Im Trying To Compare The SL1 W/ Your T3i Before Purchase...


This camera really is tiny. Compared to Sony's a230, which was the smallest of its time, it is about the same size, but he SL1 can shoot 4fps compared to 2.5, and has a much bigger buffer, and has 18mp instead of 10.2, and has a touhscreen, etc.

I think this is a great camera for the size and pice.

Dr Aref

40mm 2.8 STM is a full frame lens and it become 64mm equivalent if we use it with EOS 100D. So you really cant use for street photography. It is really perplexing to me why Canon is not making any pancake lens for EFS, like M22mm F2 (equvalent to 35mm full frame) they made for EOS M. They can easily modify that lens to be used with 100D. The combined small form factor with any 24, 28 or 35mm equivalen pancake lens EFS will be a big selling boost for 100D and other Canon APC SLRs.

I think Canon should rethink in their lens line up strategy.


I strongly agree. I hold off buying SL1 because the 40mm pancake lens is just not very useful. I'd use SL1 with my wideroom lens but would like to take advantage of the small body with a small but good quality lens. A 24mm pancake would be ideal.

Hope other lens manufacturers take note of this as well.

Just Ed

I think you answered you own question. The 40mm was designed as a compact lens alternative for full frame photographers.


The good news is that Canon FINALLY came out with a 22mm pancake for EF-S!

C M Greene

Despite what the review says the 40mm 2.8 STM (pancake) lens is an EF lens, not an EF-S lens. (at least when I last looked at mine)

Now as a result of Canon just announcing the 55-250 IS STM lens, Canon will have three EF-S STM lenses. But it did not when this review was written.


The Multi Shot Noise Reduction is a real killer of a feature.

4 super fast frames merged into one image for a clean (noiseless) low light photo.

This feature is on the Fuji X series (the X10 has it) and now here on the 100D.


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Multi Shot Noise Reduction sounds great, but even after setting the Quality to Large JPEG, that option is still greyed out. How the heck can you use it? Not that I usually shoot JPEG, but I'd be willing to try it out.


The size is quite similar to my sony alpha 55. I was quite deceived when they decided to grow up the 57 and further models. Really don't know why. It's a great positive point in my opinion for this camera...,238

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I rented one of these in May to take on a short vacation rather than drag my much heavier camera along. I debated renting one of the mirrorless models, but this had just been announced and seemed like an interesting choice. I used it almost entirely with the 40mm pancake lens. It was terrific. Barely noticed it hanging around my neck. I owned an original Digital Rebel way back when - this kit is noticeably smaller and lighter. The touch screen really helps when you're used to a camera with lots of dedicated buttons.

There's more on my blog about it with a few shots. This was from the point of view of a photographer who shoots Manual or Av, so there's nothing about the picture modes. It's here:

For geeky info about size and weight, I did a follow-up post here:



Hi Yonsarh, I've been thinking the same! Back to film....But I don't think this will happen. The camera companies have spent so much in digital photgraphy. Even the "super-cameras" like Hasselblad did it. Although you still can buy Hasselblad cameras which use film....So, I don't know. I alwys loved to work in the dark room, developing my own films and print the pics myself. My tool; a Hasselblad EL/M, build in 1973, with a 100 mm Zeiss-lens. Big fun!!!!! We'll wait and see.. :-)


No, in the future, the sensor price will so cheap that it will cost less than a dollar and camera image sensor will be used on everywhere. So we could expect end of digital photography and people will eventuallly come back to film again.

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I wonder how it is that the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has a DPreview Gold Award (an overall score of 78%), whereas the more sophisticated 60D has only managed a Silver Award in your Review (with an overall score of 79%)??!!


If you haven't noticed 100D is entry level while 60D is mid level. DPreview warns that different categories scores are not directly comperable.


I have noticed this too with other cameras and it doesn't make sense to me. Why don't you standardize your rating system.

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What is the meaning of the percentile and gold award anyway? I am trying to find the legend on the percentile and award but the explanations is nowhere.

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Its funny how this is considered a radical, minaturised design, yet its the same size as the 450D/500D was 4-5 years ago. The internal functions, pentaprism, sensor size have been similar all along.

The biggest change has been the flip screen. Who uses that regularly?

Nichlas H

I just upgraded from an EOS 400D to the 100D. The 100D *is* definitely a smaller camera.

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I agree with Nichlass is about of difference of about one and third grams.

But I didn't get it about focusing on low light. It seems problematic that it focus when flashing. Don't you think so ?

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I'm trawling through to find out what AF points this has, apart from the hybrid sensor...

Any takers?


Same as Rebel T5i, T4i, T3i - 9-points.

Count Biscotti

>>>>>>Autofocusing with a USM or other lens in either mode is still difficult, however, and fraught with cumbersome seeking during video and long autofocus lag for stills <<<< Does that mean a Sigma 18-->200 zoom, for example??

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